The Raj at War: A People's History of India's Second World War

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The Second World War was not fought by Britain alone. India produced a volunteer army of two million - the largest in world history. This account reveals the hidden history of the country during the conflict. Through the voices of ordinary people - soldiers, nurses, peasants, labourers and prostitutes - it shows how mobilization introduced seismic economic, social and cultural change that shaped the war, hastened the unravelling of the British Empire and set the course of India's future.

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Yasmin Khan is a British writer and historian. She is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Kellogg College. Her first book, The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan, won the Gladstone Prize from the Royal Historical Society in 2007 and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2008.

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"Exceptional...balances analysis, history and human compassion in a narrative that leaves one shaken" -- Juliet Nicolson, 5 stars Daily Telegraph "Almost impossible to put down" New Statesman "The Second World War is one of the most written-about episodes in all world history: every month sees a dozen new titles published. Yet, astonishingly, The Raj at War breaks new ground on almost every page" -- William Dalrymple Spectator "A striking example of people's history, packed with anecdotes, memories and information about a shared but largely unwritten global past" Guardian "Unprecedented in scope...rich both in detail and in its unique insights... Khan's history has paved the way for a more complex understanding of the Second World War as India's War" -- Vinay Lal Indian Express "A fascinating, vividly written history full of surprises, some of them shocking" The Times "Yasmin Khan...offers a richly researched social history of wartime India that is peppered with fascinating detail" The Economist "Remarkable Account... Compassionate, judicious and brilliantly readable, this is a compelling account of a dramatic, but little examined, aspect of history" Daily Mail "This fascinating book tells the story of World War Two's impact on India: the shattering of the ordered relations which underpinned the Raj making its end inevitable. It's also a much needed reminder of India's contribution to that war" -- Mark Tully "This fascinating book tells the story of World War Two's impact on India: the shattering of the ordered relations which underpinned the Raj making its end inevitable. It's also a much needed reminder of India's contribution to that war" -- Mark Tully

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